[quote=“Pein_11”][quote=“housecat”]My son came inside after playing with some neighbor kids and complained that they were shinning laser lights in his face. My son has a laser pointer so I asked if he’d taken it outside and started the laser fight. He said no, the lasers the other kids have are on their guns!
I asked if he was telling me that the other kids had been pointing GUNS at his face and he said YES!
I went to talk to those kids’ mother and found that the guns were toys. I still insisted that they should NOT be aimed at people, my kid in particular, and she insisted she didn’t know they had the toys and would take them away. The next day, they were back outside with the same toy guns, but not allowed to play with my son.
This is an interesting point you are raising up… gun culture… I’ve known parents who would NEVER buy their kids something resembling a weapon, and others who just don’t care (like what seems to be this case).
It is not uncommon to see kids playing with toy guns, nerf’s, replicas, airsoft, paintball, etc. Some of them know its just a toy and that the real thing is dangerous, others had their parents buy them the guns without any lecture on firearms, others like to bully their friends with them, others are respectful of the weapons and would safely stow them away after a competition (paintball, airsoft, etc.). Color me dreamy, but I still believe proper lecture is the basis for this kind of morals.[/quote]
Housecat raises a very interesting point, and one that is not honestly discussed by the gun crowd: the trickle down effect upon the kids.
I am what one should describe as a mild advocate of weaponry. I’ve always had them around, my family come from a long line of farmers and soldiers. I was always taught they are to be handled with the utmost care, like an expensive power tool. Which is what guns are, a tool. To be used for a specific task, such as a band saw, a razor blade, or a phillips head screwdriver. Or even a caulk gun…
Guns are not an emblem, a status symbol, and they are most certainly not toys.
I get very nervous when I see children playing around with toy guns. I think I would go ballistic if I heard about lasers. Back in the day, sure, we all played bang bang games. We even used real missiles, such as unripened pinecones shot from a sling. But we did not go for the head, and it was more of a lark than anything else.
It is all fun and games until someone loses an I, or even worse.
I have always taught my own kids, and anyone else that would care to listen, that you don’t aim a gun, toy or otherwise, at someone’s head. I even got quite reactionary when one of the kids in my community pointed one at mine. It is just plain wrong, and serves no real purpose but some clueless projection of power. Egoism such as this needs to be put in its proper place.
Tales such as that of housecat leave me filled with much fear and loathing at the prospect of moving my own kids back to a sickened North American culture. Not Texas, mind you, but there is always that trickle down effect.
Anyway, nice to see you back on the flob, housecat!